Innovative Food Program Earns Statewide Honor
We Have a Winner!
"The winner of one of the donated door prizes for the Health Center's celebration of National Health Center Week is Autumn Falk. Congratulations, Autumn!!"
Youthful Entrepreneur Receives Loan from CAA
Hunter Mackall is a young man with a mission to own and operate a business. The 14 year old Crestview student lives in New Waterford with his parents, Jason and Jennifer Mackall. He and his mother came before the County Microenterprise Revolving Loan Review Board in May. They proposed to purchase an ice cream truck to sell ice cream and other frozen novelties in communities in Columbiana County. Hunter helped his mother with the business plan and researched his project online. Jennifer located a used ice cream truck in excellent condition in Michigan, which they planned to purchase. They named their business “The Ice Box”. The business plan was well thought out. The Loan Review Board approved a loan comprised of USDA and Shashaty Family Trust funds. The loan closed on May 28, 2009. Microenterprise Board members are Dawn Chepke, Cecil Conkle, Mary Ann Gray, Jean Stambaugh Holt, Pat Zehentbauer and County Commissioner Dan Bing.
Hunter will be in the 8th grade come September and is an industrious student. His mother noted during the Loan review Board meeting that Hunter demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit as a small child - he sold produce in his front yard that he picked out of the family garden. He helps his grandfather, Walt Dyke, make fishing lures which they sell. Hunter plans to save money earned from his business to purchase a vehicle and further his education once he graduates from high school.
The bright yellow ice cream truck appeared at the CAA’s Head Start building on July 22, 2009, much to the delight of the preschoolers. The Ice Box traveled around the Lincole Place complex for about 1.5 hours. Hunter was accompanied by his parents and sister, McKennen since he is not old enough to have a driver’s license and drive the truck himself. CAA staff were impressed with the ice cream selections and proposed that the truck stop by on a daily basis.
This is the 34th loan the RLF Loan Review Committee has approved since its establishment in 2002. The CAA administers the project for the Board of Commissioners and has funds to loan from the County’s Microenterprise grant, the CAA’s USDA Rural Business Enterprise grant, and the Alexander Shashaty Family Foundation grant. Applicants are required to submit a business plan including marketing strategies and financial projections for three years. They must meet with Zelma Clark, the program consultant, to review their financials and either document that they have completed 40 hours of entrepreneurial education or commit 40 hours of their time to meet with Marti Grimm, Financial Services Manager and complete the CAA Small Business Training program. The average loan is for $15,000 and often bank financing is a part of the package. The CAA is pleased to offer this small business financing option to the community and especially pleased to see Hunter Mackall get his business off the ground and on the road!
BIG TRUCK DAY
Here are some pictures from our recent "BIG TRUCK DAY."
Thank you to all the hunters who donated during 2008/9. Your donation made it possible for the Columbiana County Dept. of Job & Family Services and the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County to provide ground venison to a total of 389 families consisting of 1,142 individuals. We had a total of 90 deer donated; ten more than in 2007/08. The venison was a great help to our agencies as we did not have to purchase much meat at retail prices to stock our food pantries. We have enough venison to stock our pantries through the summer. Our clients really like the venison and we provided a pamphlet with easy recipes that did not require many ingredients along with information on safe handling of the meat. Our 4 meat processors, Horst Packing, Gateway Farm & Freezer, Leetonia IGA and Winona Frozen Foods, are all on board again for the 2009/10 deer season. We are very grateful for their cooperation and support last year. However, the biggest “thank you” goes to you hunters who donated deer. We greatly appreciate your generosity.
Return of the Cedar Waxwing
We really look forward to the annual return of the Cedar Waxwings each Spring to the Service Berry trees around the Administration building. They are beautiful birds identified by their pronounced delicate robe of contrasting colors and silky texture. For more information on this bird, please click on the picture below.